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Why Take the ACT Writing Portion?

Many students wonder whether or not they should take the optional writing portion of the ACT.  There are many reasons why taking the writing portion is the right decision.  First of all, many top colleges such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Brown require it.  The writing section isn’t meant to stump you or trick you with its prompt.  The assignments always address typical social issues that someone in high school would be familiar with.   Here is a sample prompt taken directly from the ACT website:

 Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades. Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them. Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

Scoring is based on your ability to articulate your view in an organized, focused manner, something that colleges are very interested in when viewing applicants.  So, although many students are probably pretty delighted to hear “optional”, it may be in their best interest to take the exam, optional or not.

For more information on the ACT, contact Dov Landau, the Director of College Admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test Prep is the elite one on one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business.   Dov can be reached at 202-618-4474.

 

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